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The Whores of Tripoli

By 33230715130361 On April 20th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

The U.S. will be giving the Libyan rebels $25 million.  Of course.  Think it stops there?

France and Italy will be sending military advisors (the Libyan rebels must need to know how to surrender). 

Is this foolishness without end?

Battle Cry of the Right Republic

By Patty On April 20th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Ever wonder how a false media meme gets spread and takes on a life of its own?  Do you marvel at the message-shaping power wielded by those who call themselves “comedians”? Or wonder about the political impact of pop culture?

Andrew Breitbart takes it apart for you in his new book, Righteous Indignation. He tells the story of his own political/media/pop culture journey:  enjoying a happy childhood in tony Brentwood, California,  surviving the drinking libertine culture of Tulane University in New Orleans,  making friends with Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington, creating the highly successful left-wing website, called The Huffington Post, and finally, creating the Big Sites and taking down ACORN.

Read this book. It will open your eyes.


To The Athlete Dying Young – Grete Waitz RIP

By 33230715130361 On April 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Grete Waitz was the wonderful athlete from Oslo, Norway who stole the hearts of New Yorkers with her dignity and grace as a marathon runner.   The lady passed away from a long fight with cancer at the far too young age of 57.

Grete’s first marathon was in 1978 in New York City.  She won that day, setting the women’s world record.  Then she won again, eight more times through 1988.  She won London’s marathon twice, and got a silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  Pheidippides, the fabled Greek hero who brought the message of victory to Athens from the Battle of Marathon, had nothing on Grete.  She ran her final marathon in 1992 as an act of friendship, accompanying Fred Lebow, the event organizer who was then dying of brain cancer.  They crossed the finish line in under six hours, holding hands.  She was well known for her charity work (and I mean work, not party attendance)  for CARE and other worthy causes such as the International Special Olympics.

I’m glad a got a chance to applaud her from the sidelines over the years.   And I applaud her today.

A sad victory

By Patrick Van Roy On April 20th, 2011 at 9:36 am

About a year ago I said gold was heading to $1500 an ounce and several people made fun. One person in particular, who we will not name (Phantom) went as far as saying it would never get that high, poking fun “oh listen to someone who probably just thinks he got a good investment on some coins” …….

Gold Futures Top $1,500 on Outlook for Escalating U.S. Debt, Dollar Slump

By Pham-Duy Nguyen – // Apr 19, 2011 4:04 PM ET

Gold futures rose to a record $1,500.50 an ounce as U.S. debt concerns weighed on the dollar, boosting demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment. Silver surged to a 1980 high.

The greenback dropped against the euro on speculation that the European Central Bank will continue to raise borrowing costs as some nations struggle to contain sovereign debt. Standard & Poor’s yesterday revised its long-term outlook on U.S. debt to negative from stable. Gold has climbed 32 percent in the past year, and silver prices have more than doubled.

“The U.S. credit rating will undoubtedly be lowered in the next few years,” said Michael Pento, a senior economist at Euro Pacific Capital in New York. “This will mean much higher borrowing costs and a much lower currency. International investors have been using gold and silver as an alternative currency and an alternative to the dollar, and this will only exacerbate and accelerate that process.”

It is a sad victory because it means that the U.S. economy is failing, there is light at the end of the tunnel however if Obama was to be re-elected that Light will be the headlamp of the train that’s about to crush us.

ATW leads again

By Mike Cunningham On April 20th, 2011 at 9:02 am

Yesterday we posed a question on memory. It was a very relevant query, and one which the Governments who ‘pressed for action’ in the lunatic actions in Libya should have considered very carefully before sending in the bombers and the fighter-jets.  Military men have for many years been taught that if they are asked to commence an action, or pursue a line which involves violence, they should ask three questions:-

  • What is the ‘End Game’?
  • What happens when the killing stops?
  • Who benefits?

This morning, on prime time within the Today programme, the exact same question was posed, and the replies were just as relevant. We do not know what nest of vipers we have disturbed by our actions in Libya, and no one else is asking the next question in the series. Libya; fine, where next?  Bahrein? Syria? Yemen? Venezuela?

What about the stupid, silly and totally-unwinnable war we are fighting in Afhganistan? Shouldn’t we just pack our bags, and let one drug baron named Karzai fight it out with all the other drug barons as to who gets the spoils?

We should get out of the idea that we are doing something becasue nobody else is! We shouldn’t be the world’s policeman; we cannot afford it, and neither can anyone else!


By David Vance On April 20th, 2011 at 8:58 am

Interesting to read that the Irish  Government faces the prospect of having to pay millions to senior bank executives if it wants a clearout at the top of financial institutions.

It emerged last night that highly paid bank executives have watertight contracts that will give them huge severance payments and pension lump sums if they are sacked. Former AIB managing director Colm Doherty got a €3m package when he was forced to leave the bank last November. Senior executives across the banking sector would also be entitled to payoff deals in proportion to their current salary and pension packages.

My question – who negotiated the watertight contracts?


By David Vance On April 20th, 2011 at 8:47 am

This is what the Coalition wanted;

The number of degree places may have to be cut by a tenth as the Coalition attempts to plug a multi-million pound black hole created by its higher education reforms, specifically the cost of bigger student loans.

Ministers had insisted that vice-chancellors would only be able to impose £9,000 fees in “exceptional circumstances”.

But an analysis of universities’ plans yesterday showed that around two thirds intended to charge the maximum for all their courses. As the deadline for fee submissions for the 2012 academic year passed, 46 out of 70 English universities said they would demand the top level across the board, with a further six charging £9,000 for some courses. Poor students will be eligible for generous discounts.

University Education is being undermined by the folly of hiking fees.

The Political Death of the Civil Incumbent’s

By Patrick Van Roy On April 18th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Left Right it doesn’t matter if the next year shows that you lack a backbone of bile your not going to excel from the pack.

We are at the beginning of the sweet circus of a year long gridlock, and whoever isn’t vocal enough according to their base is riding borrowed time.

The majority of America is just plain disgusted, to many people are out of work, gas cost’s way to much, and nobody’s buying or selling houses. That’s 3 strikes on anyone seen as a problem. Boehner is a good example for the Right.

The side show of Trump is, he is only playing on the things that the majority of the nation are saying behind closed doors. Is he running, who cares, except for how he will effect the other candidates.

The economy is a mess, and the price of gas without any effort internally to cushion it has long ago spelled Obama’s doom. He had his one shot and blew it ramming Health Care down the public’s throat. The only advantage he has working for him is his race.

The race for President comes down to the right. Bachman, Palin, Gingrich. and Romney. Watch for whoever starts to really push out public comments as the budget debate goes to hell in a basket.

So just sit back and understand that for the next year and a half not one thing will be accomplished, but it should be a fun show to watch.

A sign of sorrow?

By Mike Cunningham On April 18th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

When we lose a relative, or a close friend, or sometimes a sporting hero, we sometimes either attend the funeral, or a memorial service. I attended a crematorium service for a friend, and the whole place was packed to the rafters. The numbers present were a tribute to the affection with which this man was held by friends and acquaintances in the many roles which he carried out within the wider Durham community. He had been active in many areas of community service and activity, and thus he was remembered!

But can the same statements be made about the death and funeral of Sian O’Callaghan, the murdered Swindon woman.


By David Vance On April 18th, 2011 at 8:49 am

Peter “Me and Naomi think just alike” Robinson seems to have enraged our senior Doctors;

The First Minister has come under fire after accusing senior doctors of dictating where they will work according to the location of their golf course. The British Medical Association (BMA) has reacted angrily to comments made by DUP leader Peter Robinson as his party announced its health priorities in the run up to the Assembly elections.
At the time, the Northern Health & Social Care Trust said it was forced to close the units because of rota gaps. Mr Robinson said the DUP wanted to address the issue and said: “We can’t allow the health service to be run on the basis of where consultants find it most convenient to work. “They should work in a hospital because they are extremely well paid to be there and not because it is handy for their golf course or where they live.”

Chair of the BMA’s Northern Ireland Council Dr Paul Darragh said he was disappointed Mr Robinson had reverted to an incorrect stereotype of consultants. He said doctors play a key role in the delivery of the health service and said such comments would damage morale even further at a time when staff are already stressed and overworked. In order to tackle issues recruiting doctors to work in hospitals, the DUP said it wants to introduce a system which would allow trusts to force consultants to rotate around hospitals. Dr Stephen Austin, chairman of the BMA’s Consultant Committee in Northern Ireland, said: “This is a way to ensure we have a third class health system”

Bullying our Doctors – why it’s the shiny new DUP pre-election way! I wonder why Robinson thinks insulting senior doctors by implying they are more concerned about the 19th hole than helping patients.